The impact of health on international students

Mrs Kim Turudia1, Mr Adrian Tomyn2

1Deakin University, Burwood, Australia, 2Bupa ANZ, Corporate and International

There is growing number of academic institutions focussed on both the life education as well as the academic opportunity they provide for their International Students.

This strategy is based on indicators that students receiving proactive and ongoing support of physical and psychological health factors during their study are more satisfied, capable and committed to completing their study program.

Apart from this being of direct benefit to individuals who have travelled thousands of kilometres, often for their first time out of home, the propensity for institutions to understand, educate and support students achieve optimal physical and mental health can also create a tremendous affirmation of the ‘student experience’ as a differentiated factor from which future students may weigh their decision on a preferred academic destination.

The presentation will provide an outline of the model and success factors that need to be considered in the design and management of international student health programs and provide a case study of an institution achieving measurable improvements through its collaboration with an aligned health partner.

The discussion will cover how to assess which health risks are most prevalent across the student population, which solutions are most effective across a geographically and culturally diverse cohorts as what to do to ensure participation in initiatives to achieve the intended impact.

A practical example will be provided on the development and application of a Student Health Review that has been created to establish a foundation from which students can assess and consider the health risks that may affect their current and future well-being and its potential to impact their study.



Adrian is a subjective wellbeing expert with a PhD in Psychology (Deakin University). He is an Honorary Fellow (Deakin) and a Primary Researcher with the Australian Centre on Quality of Life (ACQOL) and International Wellbeing Group (IWG).  In 2017, Adrian Joined the Corporate and International team at Bupa ANZ, and as Manager, Work and Student Health (WASH) Insights, Adrian’s team is responsible for undertaking and delivering evidence-based health and wellbeing research for Bupa’s corporate and university health partners.  Adrian’s role within Bupa is a continuation of his decade long academic career as a Lecturer in Psychology. Adrian remains an active researcher and has published widely within the international peer-review literature on the topic of subjective quality of life / wellbeing with a specific focus on theoretical and measurement issues, program evaluation, normative group comparisons, adolescent / student wellbeing, at-risk group assessment and the subjective wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.

Kim has been the Medical Services Practice Manager at Deakin University for approximately 7 years, prior to this she worked as a Business and Practice manager for a number of healthcare businesses  including General Surgical practice, Women’s Imaging, Occupational Medicine, Allied Health, EAP services and general practice.    She was a finalist for the Victorian Practice Manager of the Year in 2014 and has received two Vice Chancellors Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Student and/or Staff Health and Wellbeing.  Kim loves the challenges of delvering healthcare in a University setting. She completed her  MBA at Deakin university focusing her electives on  Leadership and Organisational Change.  Kim is currently the Convenor of  Higher Education Health Providers  Professional Focus Group for ANZSSA.   In May 2017 Kim was awarded a Vice Chancellors Professional Development Award to attend the American College Health Association Conference in Austin, Texas which provided an incredible opportunity to her.


The Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association Inc. (ANZSSA) is a professional association for people with an interest in the role of support services in post secondary education.

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ISANA International Education Association is the representative body for professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in international student services, advocacy, teaching and policy development in international education.

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